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100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding

AFSC 100 Year logo arms and olive branchesWe are very excited to share the news about online resources and course from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) 100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding as they mark the centennial of working for peace. The following message is from Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs as AFSC.

As Associate General Secretary for International Programs at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and an AfP Board Member, I am eager to share with you a new, online collection that I believe can enhance the peacebuilding, civil resistance, and social justice work of both our organizations. As we all strive to make the case for the value of conflict prevention and violence reduction, the collection, “100 years of Quiet Diplomacy, Nonviolent Resistance, and Peacebuilding”, can be an important resource to draw on and point to.

The link for the materials is:

In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace and in recognition of AFSC’s upcoming 100th year anniversary, we designed a six-chapter, free, self-guided course that we believe you’ll find useful in your activism, education, and exploration. The curated collection includes videos, photographs, reading materials, and activities that provide insights and lessons, from across the world and right here in the United States, relevant to the conflicts and oppression we witness today.

The collection celebrates the stories of individual peace builders, activists, and community leaders, many of whom have risked their lives to bravely promote nonviolence, mediate with those committing violence, and call for social change. We are honored by the collection’s welcoming remarks by the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, as well as those by Victor Ochen, United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Justice, and friend to both AfP and AFSC. We hope that you will engage with this online resource and share it widely.


Kerri Kennedy

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Peace Channel Commemorates International Day of Peace

Fr. C.P. Anto addressing the gatheringPeace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Science and Research commemorated the International Day of Peace on 21st September, 2016 at the NEISSR’s Auditorium. The commemoration programme also coincides with the 10th founding anniversary of Peace Channel. The programme began with a presentation on the history and background of the International Day of Peace by Ms. Akha Richa and Ms. Akumnaro Longchar, third semester students of NEISSR.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Fr.C.P. Anto, Director, Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR highlighted the increasing need for efforts to build peace and spread the message of peace. ‘Indifference is one of the fundamental causes for conflicts and the lack of peace. This indifference leads to individualism which in turn results in isolation, ignorance and selfishness’, he said. He called upon everyone present to unlearn and then relearn to be an agent of peace. We need to unlearn things from our history, our environment and from everything that have shaped as who we are, yet make us selfish or indifferent to the injustice that is happening around us. ‘We need to relearn the human values that will make us strive for unity and also develop concerns for our fellow human beings and the things which are hindering us from achieving our rights’, he added.

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Path 2 Peace, Justice: Human Trafficking- Faith & Culture

Path to Peace a new communique from the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (ICRP) of Payap University. Their intention is that the newsletter can serve as a tool to communicate activities and engagements taking place at the institute and offer new perspectives on areas of critical peacebuilding. The IRCP would welcome your constructive feedback on this newsletter. To automatically receive copies of this monthly newsletter, please go to to subscribe.

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2016 NARPI Newsletter

NARPI 2016 NewsletterMPI is pleased to share with you the 2016 NARPI Newsletter, which focuses on the 2016 NARPI SUmmer Peacebuilding Training.

  pdf Download the newsletter here (1.35 MB) .

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Nonviolence and Peace Training Conducted at St. Joseph College, Jakhama

Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita giving presentation to more than 500 studentsFollowing in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., famous leader of the American nonviolence movement for Civil Rights, two professors from the United States visited St. Joseph College on January 25 to conduct an introductory training in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, joined by his wife and fellow nonviolence co-trainer, Professor Kay Johnson-Bueno de Mesquita, instructed more than 500 students in the philosophy and principles of Dr. King, who was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

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